"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already". John Buchan
When you think of leaders and leadership, what comes to mind? Charismatic and inspirational or out-of-touch and remote?
Leadership is a complex, many sided puzzle which many of us learn from mirroring someone else, picking it up as we go along or trial and error.
This book examines the styles, models and philosophies of leadership that underpin and inform thinking. This book will provide you with an invaluable insight into how; style, approach, team working, communication, motivation and staff connection need to be continually assessed and evolved. Without the ability to flex your style and approach, you will be less likely to adapt to ever shifting working environments. This leads to reactive not proactive approaches which limit informed, logical, evidence based decisions.
Leadership is defined simply as ‘the action of leading a group of people or organization, or having the ability to do this’
Peter Drucker is quoted as saying “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, and enables you to get the task done”
We will all have experienced leaders who inspire, enthuse, motivate and get the very best out of their team, whilst not having to watch their every move. Conversely many of us will have had leaders or managers that adopt tight control, planning and lack of consultative conversation. Or those with a complete ‘hands off’ approach.
This book is designed to introduce and bring together the; theories, models, styles and philosophies of leadership. This will enable you to appreciate and gain an insight into the need to constantly adapt your leadership style and approach to match and anticipate ever changing situations and environments.